Funding to be used to Scale-up and Support Commercialization of SQI Products
TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2022 /CNW/ – SQI Diagnostics Inc. (“SQI” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: SQD) (OTCQB: SQIDF), a leader in the science of lung health that develops and manufactures respiratory health and precision medicine tests, today announced that it has entered into a funding agreement (the “Contribution Agreement“) with the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (“FedDev Ontario“) to support the Company’s manufacturing scale-up and commercialization of its pipeline of products in development, including the Company’s recently approved RALI-DX IL-6 test.
Under the terms of the Contribution Agreement, the Company will be able to draw down up to $2 million of funding in the form of interest-free repayable contributions to cover eligible expenses incurred since August 2021. The funding will be provided through FedDev Ontario’s Business Scale-up and Productivity stream (the “stream”). The stream is intended to support businesses seeking to accelerate their growth and improve productivity through the adoption of highly innovative, first-of-its-kind technologies with a goal of global competitiveness and market expansion.
“SQI is extraordinarily pleased to have this investment from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario under the Business Scale-up and Productivity stream allowing SQI to pursue the expansion of its product line by completing its advanced manufacturing and commercial proliferation of our technology from right here in Canada. Our project would not have been possible without their critical support.” said Andrew Morris, CEO of SQI Diagnostics.
“When we invest in Canadian’s potential, we can create an economy that works for everyone. By developing first-of-its-kind innovative medical technologies, SQI Diagnostics Inc. is harnessing the talent in the region and creating good local jobs.” said the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
About SQI Diagnostics
SQI Diagnostics is a leader in the science of lung health. The Company develops and manufactures respiratory health and precision medicine tests that run on SQI’s fully automated systems. The Company is developing tests to simplify and improve COVID-19 antibody monitoring, Rapid Acute Lung Injury testing, donor organ transplant informatics, and immunological protein and antibody testing. SQI Diagnostics is driven to create and market life-saving testing technologies that help more people in more places live longer, healthier lives. For more information, please visit www.sqidiagnostics.com.
About FedDev Ontario
For 13 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, growth and job creation in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing revenues, creating jobs, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Chief Financial Officer
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario Edward.Hutchinson@feddevontario.gc.ca
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